CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1999 |
The United States released a report on religious freedom worldwide Thursday, concluding that much of the world's population lives in countries in which religious freedoms are restricted. Many of the countries faulted, including China, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, regularly show up on the annual U.S. list of overall human rights abusers. But the report also criticized some U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for intolerance.
December 25, 1990 |
At the Christmas Eve pageant at St. Mary's Chaldean Church, the appearance of the baby Jesus (a blue-eyed doll in swaddling) got the biggest applause, but the Three Kings were also close to the worshipers' hearts. According to church lore, this land was home to the Wise Men who went in search of the newborn King. So when three little boys in paper crowns followed the star on a string to a cardboard Bethlehem, the congregation buzzed in recognition.
February 18, 1991
"Once the allied forces began bombing Iraq, Kuwait was no longer the central issue in the minds of most Muslims. A non-Muslim army was attacking a Muslim country, and it became the duty of every believing Muslim to fight the oppression. President Saddam Hussein declared it a jihad, and Muslims all over responded to the call.
March 16, 1991 |
Basil Boji's cousins fought on opposite sides of the Gulf War. Sometimes he thinks about what would have happened if one of them had been killed by the other. Or if indeed one of them was. His American cousin is alive and well, but he has not heard from his relatives in Iraq since the U.S. bombing began.
March 5, 1991 |
Rebelling civilians have emptied political prisons and executed loyalists of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in a popular fundamentalist Islamic uprising that has spread anarchy across southern Iraq in the last four days, according to refugees who reached here Monday. Foes of the Iraqi president have taken control of seven major cities south of Baghdad in a growing threat to Iraq's dictatorial regime, the refugees said.
March 26, 2005
Re "Sharia: Iraq's Dark Cloud," Commentary, March 21: If we are truly interested in bringing or at least promoting democracy in Iraq, it behooves us to let the people of Iraq freely choose their government. It is hypocritical to demand democracy from other countries and then oppose it when this democracy brings people into power who are not necessarily a perfect reflection of our views or obedient puppets to our policies. Let's have faith in the Iraqis. For Susan Jacoby to imply that she knows what is best for Iraqis, more than Iraqis themselves, is nothing short of a typical colonialist attitude.